Russell-Cooke recently advised the French long term co-habiting partner of well known turkey farmer Bernard Matthews in relation to his substantial estate. Mr Matthews died in November 2010 leaving a property to his partner, Odile Marteyn, in the south of France with inheritance tax to be paid from the English estate.

Dawn Alderson, Partner in our French Law Team, looks at the difficulties that can arise where testators have assets spanning jurisdictions, particularly where some assets are located in countries such as France where the law places limits on the amount of one's estate that can be disposed of freely.

Russell-Cooke advises on Bernard Matthews' estate - Dec 2012.pdf